event: Award winning movie "twelve years a slave"

Please join CCA, Cape May Film Society and Cape May Forum on Saturday, September 17th at  7 PM at the West Cape May Borough Hall as we present the movie; "Twelve Years A Slave."  This event is free and open to the public.

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

As an introduction to the film, the Center for Community Arts will bring the subject of the movie closer to home, right here in Cape May: 

In the years before the Civil War no person of color, even if born free, was safe from the tentacles of slavery. Throughout the country kidnappings were rampant. African Americans were snatched off the streets and sold into slavery, as we will see in this movie. And it happened here in Cape May. 

William Coachman was a free man. He had finally negotiated his freedom from a Cape May enslaver in 1802. But two years later that changed. In the middle of the night a group of men broke into his house while he was sleeping. They dragged him to a boat waiting in the bay. He was sold to a slave owner in Georgia. For a long time no one knew what had happened to him. Then some dramatic developments brought Philadelphia abolitionists into the picture. Find out what happened. 

African artifacts will also be on display.

 A self-guided tour of the Underground Railroad in Cape May County will also be available courtesy of the Center for Community Arts.